Colorado narcotics agents conduct raids on indictments for “Gray Market” marijuana.
62 people have been indicted and accused of marijuana trafficking that benefited from millions of dollars by illegally growing marijuana. Over a period of 4 years marijuana was allegedly sold out of state.
Members of the trafficking organization was said to have lured former Denver Broncos player Joel Dreessen as well as other investors by informing them their was operation was legal. The bust has been the largest in Colorado since the onset of legalized recreational marijuana in 2014.
Narcotics enforcers have increasingly targeted groups that have been growing marijuana and selling product beyond states lines were marijuana remains a schedule 1 controlled substance. This activity is known to law enforcement officers as the “Gray Market”, where cannabis is manufactured within legal confines but distributed illegally.
43 people remain in custody; the rest are at large.
“We stand here today to send a message. … We will not tolerate the illegal marijuana market in Colorado,” said David Schiller, an assistant special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The indictment by Denver grand jury, filed June 9, resulted in the seizure of nearly 2,500 illegally cultivated marijuana plants and 4,000 pounds of marijuana.
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